This is a very good move by Bhartiy Janta Party in India, that they have started using Open Source Softwares in their party office.
Even they have decided to implement wi-fi connectivity & IP video telephony for their offices. They are using ubuntu desktops in their Delhi headquarters. I was in Delhi with my friend Amit from 3rd to 9th Jan, that time we heard of this news & planed to visit BJP office, we even got permission to visit the office using some of Amit’s contact, but at the last moment there was some urgent meeting in that office & due to security reasons we could not visit the office.
But i must say Mr. L. K. Adwani’s IT-consultant is a wise man, who has saved a lot of software money for BJP. Also they have got better quality softwares than proprietary ones.
With this BJP has surely one step ahead of all other parties in catching attention of IT community of India. I am a Linux user and i frequently get a link to Mr. L K Advani’s website whenever i am accessing mails related to FOSS or Linux, from my google account (sponsored link).
I think, each and every political party in world should take some tips from Mr. Obama to make effective use of internet for gaining popularity over internet. I am looking forward to see all the political parties in India start using & promoting FOSS.
Here the list of softwares used by BJP :
Function Chosen software Server Virtualization OpenVZ and Vtonf Router + Firewall + VPN Vyatta Unified Threat Management Untangle HTTP Accelerator Varnish Proxy Server Squid Digital Repository ePrints Qmail, Courier Imap and Squirrelmail Instant Messaging OpenFire plus Spark Video and Voice Telephony Asterisk, Hylafax Mailing List Ezmlm Security Camera Management ZoneMinder Identity Management Fedora Directory Server Web Content Management Joomla! Remote WAN-based Backup VZDump and rSync Storage Area Network OpenFiler Network Management Zenoss